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Author: Ella Maclin
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It is that time of year again: Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away. The countdown turns on the social pressure to find a timely, well-thought gift for your main squeeze. Consider though, if your main squeeze happens to be an adventurous gal; your best bet is not to give some disposable gesture.
Somewhere between practical and indulgent lies the perfect gift for those of us more oriented to the outdoors. We dread the thought of those millions of canned-line greeting cards and spent chocolate boxes ending up in the recycling bin—or worse yet, the trash. Rather, we prefer the idea of getting something special that we’ll end up using together and keeping forever—not unlike the love that the holiday is meant to celebrate.
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Author: Katharine Erwin
Vail Resorts acquired Canyons first. The convoluted circumstances in which POWDR Corp sold PCMR to Vail culminated in the creation of the largest resort in the United States. Vail immediately spent $50 million in connecting the two and building a new lodge.
The gondola is quick and convenient. Free Park City buses go almost nonstop from one base area to the other, so why not use the whole hill?
Whether it stems as far back as the ParkWest days or is a more recent phenomenon, when asked “Are you a Canyons or a PCMR skier?” almost everybody picks a side. There does, however, remain some commonality. On the northern sides, both have pine and fir trees. Both south sides have what I call “the little scrubby trees.” These are the most durable shrubberies one could ever get tangled in. They’re not natural and I doubt they even burn.
But the terrain is wildly different. Canyons has the 9990 and 5 chairs as well as the Super Condor. Sticks and Stones, Yard Sale, Funnel Cloud, and Aftershock are frightening to look over with little to no snow—much less to drop in. PCMR sports more groomers of varying pitch, but also is justifiably proud of the Jupiter Bowl which is, at points, a cliff with trees on it. Having a preference for one resort makes sense. It depends what kind of skier you are.
These skiers and their respective spaces are as disparate as the resorts’ snow-capped peaks and the desert to the west of Salt Lake. The fervor seems a little silly, as neither resort lies in the Cottonwoods.
Don’t make me pull over and separate you two. We’ve got more sibling rivalries to come.
This article originally appeared on Powder.com and was republished with permission.
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Author: John Gaich
You might be asking yourself: “What on earth do motorbikes and surfing have to do with each another?” Fair question, but surprisingly more than you’d imagine.
Oddly enough, where you see the two cultures — bike and surf — colliding gracefully is in Canggu, Bali where surf-moto brand, Deus Ex Machina, has its flagship base there called the “Temple of Enthusiasm.”
An idea born from the vintage motorcycle and surf movements happening in Sydney, Australia, you can buy custom surfboards at Deus, custom motorbikes, coffee, art, clothing… even get a haircut.
But back to the initial query: What’s the connection between a café racer and sliding piece of foam and fiberglass? Some say it’s in the line you choose, whether on a wave or on the open road. Some say it’s in the craftsmanship, riding vessels made by human hands and hearts.
Ultimately, the pairing is in the travel. Motorbikes get us from “Point A” to “Wave B,” and if you’re lucky, happily lost along the way. Because some of the best discoveries happen by accident. The following are five routes across the globe that blend the two loves seamlessly.
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Author: Beau Flemister
One person’s powder ski could be another’s everyday downhill ski. It is all relative to your objectives. Back in the day, skis of the long and skinny variety were used for laborious turns in deep snow. But as powder hounds’ desire for chasing fresh, untracked snow grew, so did their need for better gear, thus the invention of wider, easier-turning skis that could float in the cold smoke.
If you are fortunate enough to get in a sufficient number powder days each season to constitute getting a pair of fatter sticks, or even if you just like having a pair for those few special snorkel days, these are the best powder performers that money can buy.
—Read Powder’s 2020 Skier’s Choice picks for the Best Powder Skis of the Year, plus more of the best new skiing gear, including: Alpine and Touring Ski Boots, Snow Safety Gear, Gloves for Outdoor Winter Sports, and Ski Jackets.
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Author: Katharine Erwin
Recovery isn’t just about giving yourself a break; it’s when your body adapts to the stress of exercise—and gets stronger. Fortunately there are a plethora of recovery tools that can help you do that faster.
Editors John Lonsdale and Brittany Smith tested the newest offerings aimed at easing muscle soreness and helping your body get back to normal after a tough workout. These are the devices, trackers, and streaming services that’ll help you make gains faster, whether you’re a runner, triathlete, CrossFitter, or anything in between.
Video shot on location at Performance Lab by The Wright Fit
Krissy Jones and Chloe Kernahgan co-founded Sky Ting Yoga in 2015 in Chinatown, launching more airy, cheerful locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan following their first studio’s success. If you don’t live in the area, you can reap the benefits of their classes with the newly launched Sky Ting TV. They have options for a multitude of skill levels, time restraints, and preferences. Choose from restorative flows; mobility sessions to open up your hips and shoulders; quick, energizing mini classes; and hour-long detoxes. This is yoga sans pretension that’s perfect for cross-training days, guys who want to get better at yoga, and anyone looking to boost flexibility and mobility. Trust us when we say you’ll feel like a new human by the end—light, relaxed, and gloriously loose.
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Nike’s hedged the React Infinity Run as an injury-prevention shoe (yes, a lofty statement). Roughy 16,000 miles were logged in the prototype, making it Nike’s most tested running shoe to date. In an independent study, researchers had 226 runners complete a 12-week training program, wearing either the React Infinity Run or the Structure 22. In all, they logged a total of 60,000 miles. The results showed that the React Infinity Run reduced injuries (knee, foot, shin, and calf) by 52 percent compared to the Structure 22. Reserve these for your recovery days (light shakeout runs) and short-mileage training sessions. For all the specs on the shoe, read our full review on the Nike React Infinity Run here.
Soft-tissue treatment devices like the Theragun use percussive therapy to speed up recovery by releasing muscle tension, breaking up scar tissue, and increasing blood flow—and man it hurts so good. It used to be that you could only find these in a gym or PT office, but the latest versions are priced for the average gym-goer. This is the lightest, most compact version yet, small enough to fit in your gym bag and still powerful enough to get the job done.
Massage balls target and release tight spots and trigger points (or knots) in your muscles on a deeper level than your average foam roller. This one-pound, travel-friendly version of the existing Hypersphere—which vibrates at three speeds for different levels of penetration—is just three inches in diameter, so you can really zero in on harder to reach problem areas and relieve common workout issues like plantar fasciitis, tight hips, and upper or lower back soreness.
This tiny, two-pound roller’s got some serious curves. Shaped like two conjoined massage balls with a dip in the middle, it can work like a flat foam roller for areas like your upper back and then really dig into slimmer areas like your biceps and calves. The wide and narrow ridges on the surface work together to stretch and squeeze your muscles, pushing blood and oxygen to stressed-out tissues.
The search for “clean” protein powder is often fraught with misleading marketing jargon—and as for the protein powder itself, unnecessary added sugar and fillers. We like Momentus because their whey protein comprises grass-fed whey protein isolate that’s been cold-pressed so as not to diminish the levels of branched-chain amino acids (which help build muscle and relieve muscle soreness). They also have an enzyme blend called ProHydrolase that, combined in a 10:1 ratio with protein, results in fewer GI issues (like bloating and indigestion) and better protein absorption. Their ArcFire Grass Fed Whey also has a 4:3 protein to carb ratio that refuels your body with just enough carbs for recovery—nothing more, nothing less.
Struggling with shin splints, tennis elbow, or runner’s knee? This cold sleeve fits over either arm or leg, providing cold and compression for up to an hour. Just toss it in the freezer for up to two hours to activate. It’s fitted with a Boa Fit System that lets you micro-adjust how snug the sleeve is, so you won’t struggle to keep it on your shin, knee, hamstring, or quad. Make it extra snug to get the benefits of compression to help heal an injury, or keep it more lax for regular post-workout recovery. It’ll alleviate all matter of inflammation, soreness, and pain.
Thr33‘s a community of hustling athletes hoping to eke out as much of their potential as the clients they train. Their first launch is a pain-relieving cream. Lab-tested CBD and ingredients like lanolin and menthol work to tamp down inflammation and cool on contact. Massage into tight areas post-workout or before bed so it can help soothe aggravation and get you back on your feet; or, use it before a session if you’re particularly sore.
Forget activity tracking; the third-generation Whoop (the first wrist-worn tracker allowed on MLB fields) measures how hard you work out and how well you recover from that workout using biometric data like heart rate, heart rate variability, ambient temperature, and motion. Enhanced features include Strain Coach, which recommends how hard you should (or shouldn’t) push yourself at the gym, and HR Broadcast, which lets you connect to Peloton devices, Wahoo computers, Concept2 ergometers, Strava, and TrainerRoad.
[$160 for 6 months; join.whoop.com]
Typically, foam rollers rely on your own bodyweight to put pressure on your muscles (that’s why you drape yourself on top of them). The spring-loaded R8, which self-adjusts for different body sizes, takes the work of foam rolling by clamping around your muscles with a vise-like grip; you use the handles to push and pull. Customize the device further with SuperPlush and SuperDeep inserts, which decrease or increase the amount of pressure.
LeBron James, both Super Bowl LIII teams, and Drake all use these compression boots, which use air as a massage tool. That on-and-off pressure helps flush inflammation and post-workout waste products (like lactic acid) from your blood and shorten the muscle repair process so your legs feel fresh faster. Sync ‘em right to apps like Strava and TrainingPeaks via Bluetooth to plan and track recovery sessions within the context of your entire training regimen.
Endurance athletes require a different kind of fuel post-workout than those who train in the gym—something with a higher amount of carbs. Recoverite’s formula has a 3:1 ratio of complex carbs to protein (either whey protein isolate or organic pea protein if you opt for the vegan protein), as well as 3 g of L-glutamine to repair muscle tissue and support immune health, and a full spectrum of electrolytes.
[from $3.50; hammernutrition.com]
If you’re a big runner, your feet take a beating. YogaToes helps give your toes the space they need to come back to their optimal alignment. The soft medical gel is nice and malleable, but you’ve gotta work to get them on your feet. Start with just 10-15 minutes at first since it can be intense. They’re said to ease pain related to plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and hammer toes.
It used to be that you had to go to physical therapy to reap the benefits of stim. Now you can prime your body for a workout, hasten recovery, and help heal injuries with a portable device at home or in the gym. The PowerDot 2.0 uses small electrical currents to cause muscle fibers to contract, boosting blood flow and relieving tension. The device magnetically connects to the electrode pads, making it much easier to attach to hard-to-reach spots. The app is very user-friendly to boot, illustrating proper electrode placement and offering a variety of programs. Opt from muscle recovery, training & performance, pain relief, and injury prevention.
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Author: Brittany Smith and Ashley Mateo
Hi friends! Happy Friday! What’s going on this weekend? We’re celebrating Kyle and Everly’s birthday with the fam, going to the opera (!), and having everyone over for Superbowl Sunday. I also have a huge book deadline Monday morning so in between the activities, I’ll have my computer out, and blue light-blocking glasses on, nerding it up. I’d love to hear what you have going on!
Two exciting things happened this week:
– Regular fitness classes back on the schedule. I’m going to be teaching a bootcamp class and a spin class each week, and it feels so good to be back into teaching. I’ve been subbing since we moved back to Tucson, mostly because the Pilot has been gone 80-90% of the time and childcare can be tricky, but now that his schedule is more predictable, I could start teaching regularly again. I taught bootcamp this week – we did a mix of TRX, battle ropes, BOSU, and Tabata rounds- and it was so.much.fun. I felt a little piece of my soul come back to life!
– Speaking of my soul coming back to life, something else happened: I got a spot singing with a local choir. I chatted about it in this post, but the nutshell version is that I auditioned over the fall and was choir roadkill. Since then, I’ve been working with a vocal coach and practicing like crazy, and got the chance to audition again last night.
I figured I was going to celebrate either way. Even if I didn’t get a spot, I was going to celebrate the fact that I really gave it my best shot after months of lessons and consistent practice. I’d throw my aria in the trash can and have a glass of wine. BUT, I got a spot! I was really happy to be able to tell Liv and P that I didn’t quit and the hard work paid off.
I’m SO pumped and we have three big concerts each year. (I’ll share the word when get closer if any Tucson friends want to come out!) YAY.
It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below.
– Scoping out spring and summery clothes. I’m sooooo over bundling and the revolving door of colds in our house. Bring on the sunshine! I ordered this cute leopard bikini top for our cruise and this coverup. Also loving this dress, this bodysuit, and these cute strappy sandals.
– Amazing to see that Beautycounter is diving into the mica industry – mica is in EVERYTHING. It’s what makes makeup shimmer and is very safe – to make sure it’s sourced responsibly.
– This BLEW MY MIND. People don’t have an inner monologue? Can we talk about this? My entire day is constant thoughts in my own voice in my head. I can’t imagine it being peaceful in my brain lol. If this is you, please tell me what this is like!
– Equilibria! I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but this has helped dramatically with my anxiety. Before my choir audition, I was sitting in my car, shaking from nervousness. I put 5 drops of Equilibria CBD under my tongue and within two minutes, I felt remarkably better. While I was absolutely still nervous, it took the shaking “what the heck am I doing?” feeling away. I could actually breathe and focus. It’s a game changer for me. (If you want to give it a whirl, my link gets you 15% off. They’re also going a special promo through tonight at midnight. Use the code fitnessistadaily20 to get 20% off the first three months of any new subscription.)
– The Art of Plating event. We got to watch Kyle do his thang and compete against local chefs in a plating competition. Kyle is truly an artist and always amazes me with his creations.
This is a wagyu beef sandwich with beef fat mayo.
The crazy thing is that his meals taste even better than they look. I’m totally biased, but his recipe was absolutely my favorite compared to the other dishes. There were a lot of beautiful creations and I had a great time wandering around with Meg and madre, tasting all of the different entries.
For now, P and I are off to the library and I’m going to catch a Peloton class this afternoon.
Have a happy Friday and I’ll see ya soon!
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Hi friends! Today, I’m chatting with my friend Amanda Brooks from Run to the Finish about all things running.
Here’s what we talk about:
– How to start a running program
– What makes a “real runner?”
– How to prevent knee pain and injuries
– Race day mentality and race day fueling
– Proper running form
– Her new book (you can order it here!)
– Tips for getting faster
Here’s a little bit about Amanda:
Amanda Brooks is a running author who helps others get out of their own way to achieve major goals in running, while remembering to love the journey! She’s been recognized by Greatist, Women’s Health and others as a top fitness blogger in her over 12 years of writing.
She offers online group training here.
Don’t forget to sign up for your free 21 days of Les Mills On Demand! This is one of my all-time favorite workout platforms. The instructors are knowledgeable and motivating, plus the music is incredible. There are so many different formats, you’ll definitely find something you love. Get your free workouts here.
I’m a huge fan of Daily Harvest for quick and healthy meals. Their smoothies are an almost-daily staple (such an easy way to get in a ton of nutrients) and I also love their overnight oats, soups, and bowls. Get $25 off your first order using the code FITNESSISTA. Check it out here.
Thank you so much for listening and for all of your support with the podcast! Please leave a rating or review if you enjoyed this episode. If you leave a rating, head to this page and you’ll get a little “thank you” gift from me to you.
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Author: Ella Maclin
This post is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club. Click here and you’ll get their Ultimate Shave Starter set with Prep Scrub, Shave Butter, Post Shave Dew, Executive Razor Handle, and 2-pack cartridge all for just $5.
Over time, I’ve learned a lot about my personal skincare and hygiene routine and what truly works for me. For example, I used to wash my hair every single day and couldn’t figure out why it was so dried out and dull. Now, I wash it maybe twice a week and it’s so much healthier. I finally have a skincare routine that I love and everything is pretty much on autopilot. I have it pretty much to a science and rotate appointments: I get my nails done every 2-3 weeks, make wax appointments and eyebrow threading appointments (all these things we have to think about, right?) but when it comes to my legs, I have a hard time remembering to replace my razor and often end up borrowing (aka stealing) the Pilot’s.
Thankfully, Dollar Shave Club has me covered but by providing their amazing quality shaving supplies at a great price point.
They recently sent me their Ultimate Shave Starter set, and here’s what’s included:
Prep Scrub: this helps to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells – so good during winter because my skin has been super dry
Shave Butter: transparent for a precise shave and helps to prevent razor bumps
Post-Shave Dew: for instant hydration
Executive Razor Handle: the handle is weighted and it very high quality. It feels much sturdier than other brands I’ve tried
2-pack cartridge: each cartridge has 6 blades
My very favorite part of the set is the razor and blades. I love that they send two so you have a backup on hand! It’s nice to always have an extra on hand to replace the blades or if I’m traveling. I can detach it and take the extra blades separately.
Dollar Shave Club also sent me their 3oz. Post Shave Cream to keep my skin moisturized and protected from dryness all season long. My skin has been super dry this winter so I was excited to try it out.
I’ve been using and loving the Ultimate Shave Starter set and so has the Pilot! For his job, he has to shave regularly (no scruff allowed) so I was interested to hear his thoughts on the set. He ended up taking an extra set with him to his crash pad so he has a backup waiting for him.
If you’re like me and want to have all of the essentials on an auto rotation, check out the Ultimate Shave Starter Set. You can get the Prep Scrub, Shave Butter, Post Shave Dew, Executive Razor Handle, and 2-pack cartridge all for just $5. Check it out at DollarShaveClub.com/Fitnessista.
Thank you so much for supporting me and the brands who help to support our family.
What grooming appointments do you have to shuffle around? Any awesome tips for streamlining your routine?
I hope you have a great day and I’ll see ya soon!
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